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Why adult-time, girls nights, and “me time” are so important. Plus all the essentials for a great cheeseboard! How to build a good charcuterie board.
How to Build a Chocolate and Cheese Board
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Girl’s Night Snacks
I once read a book about how each person has their own emotional bucket. It talked about how when we do things for others then we are putting drops in their bucket and if it brings you happiness then it is putting drops in your own bucket as well.
Sticking with that analogy, other good ways to keep your own bucket full include:
- Doing things we enjoy,
- Spending time with others who care about us, and
- Surrounding ourselves with things and experiences that spark joy
The importance of self-care
However sometimes we are working so hard and doing so much, going through one hard trial after another, that we have nothing left in our buckets. As a mama, that empty bucket thing is a no-go for me. I have little people depending on me for daily happiness drops in their own buckets!
Adulting and Motherhood is wonderful and magical and awful and hard. But when you’re feeling so much of the awful and hard but none of the wonder and magic? It’s time to take a break. Actually, it’s past time.
I used to feel guilt for wanting a break. Then last year a couple months after my divorce, there came an evening when I hadn’t had more than an hour break from my children in a couple of weeks other than when they were sleeping. I had just gotten my kids to bed and as I looked around my messy house I sat on the floor and cried. I cried and cried, and cried some more.
That was the moment I realized that my bucket was empty.
Here’s the thing: I love my children. They are my entire world.
But where Love is a limitless resource: Energy is not. Love is your happiness engine, and emotional energy is the fuel that keeps you going.
Without that emotional fuel, all the love in the world is not going to get you anywhere. You sit there idle, knowing you should be moving, but utterly incapable of doing so because you have an empty bucket. Yes!, you love your kids to the moon and back, but you have to refuel, and ideally you should do it before your bucket is completely empty.
Moms need breaks
That was the point when I knew I needed to start implementing me-time. I made a list of things that make me happy and I determined to do at least one a day.
Some things from my list include:
- Pampering- face masks, bubble baths, chocolate.
- Good food! Creating and sharing it with people who appreciate it.
- Friends: Good friends are one of the best balms for the soul. The greatest friends have nothin’ and everything in common all at once… Different Versions of the same book.
And occasionally when I am in major need of a bucket refill: I do all three at once!
What you need for a cheeseboard
Girl’s night! Or day…
In my book, food is always numero UNO on the scale of importance for any get-together!
A charcuterie board or cheese board is always a win! Cheese boards can range from extravagant to simple, but there are a few staple ingredients I include on every cheeseboard I make:
- Chocolate! Chocolate makes the world a better place. Especially good chocolate. We’ll come back to this in just a moment because one bullet point isn’t enough to get my point across!
- Cheese: obviously! Two delish cheeses that sometimes get overlooked but I personally adore are Burrata and French camembert cheese.
- Bread and Crackers. While things like dried fruits, nuts, pickled veggies, fresh berries, and vegetables are optional; bread and crackers are not!
Let’s talk Chocolate
Okay friends, it’s time to put yourself first: fill your bucket. With candles lit, a rom-com on, and Simply Chocolate treats in-hand, please take a night for yourself.
Let me tell you a little bit about Simply Chocolate: Simply Chocolate is a destination for individuals to discover quality gifts and join a passionate community celebrating the love of chocolate. I LOVE CHOCOLATE y’all. So their website is totally a happy place for me.
The Simply Chocolate site includes the very best chocolate from iconic chocolatiers and innovative artisans, along with exclusive product offerings. Their experts spend countless hours sourcing quality chocolates that meet the highest standards with a special emphasis on superior taste, unique flavors, imaginative packaging, and product innovation.
Simply Chocolate recently launched the Simply Chocolate Premier Collection and Colossal Truffles, featuring delicious flavor pairings by an artisan chocolatier. Those colossal truffles are what I have pictured here because they are so perfect for any girls night, and for the very best cheeseboard.
I like to grab the small both package sizes, one for me-time, and one to share with my girls!
They also make great gifts: The overall product price points range anywhere from $20 to $300, so shoppers can find the perfect gift at every price point, no matter their budget. Go visit the Simply Chocolate site for a bucket fill in a bite ;).
Charcuterie Board How to
Last note before you go fill that bucket!
To actually build your cheeseboard:
- Place the cheese first, they are the largest pieces.
- Then surround them with the breads and crackers.
- Now add your Simply Chocolate Colossal Truffles to various places on the board.
- Finally fill in any gaps with fresh and dried fruits and nuts.